The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 67
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
they agreed to surrender and immediately Colonel Forrest sent
flags of truce to other places where the troops were with the same
demand and same threat and added, "I have your General and all
the balance of his command as prisoners in my hands." In a
little while the whole of General Crittenden's army were our pris-
oners with all their artillery, wagons, teams and army and soldiers'
supplies and about 2000 soldiers. Forrest had played a bold game
of bluff and it had succeeded where we could scarcely hope to con-
quer by force of arms; for our number was about half, and half of
that number were fresh troops who had never been under fire of
An incident occurred as we made the charge along the streets
in the twilight of that morning which was both inspiring and im-
pressive. The ladies in their night robes came out on the pave-
ment and cheered with their shouts and their "God bless you,"
even when the enemy's bullets were flying about them.
All army stores and artillery, small arms and ammunition were
put under guard to take them back to McMinnville, about forty
or fifty miles (I cannot remember exactly). The troops were col-
lected and a guard of two companies and a commissioned officer
were called for to take charge of them and march them back to
McMinnville. Companies F and D of our regiment were detailed
for this purpose and I was ordered to take charge of them and see
to it that they were delivered to the place of rendezvous. I formed
a column of prisoners, eight abreast and closed them up so as to
allow only walking room between them, and put some guards in
front on horseback, some in the rear, and the balance on each side;
thus inclosing prisoners in hollow square and gave command to
move forward. I gave instructions to the guards so the prisoners
could hear, "If any man makes a break from that column, shoot
him down without halting him." This was near sundown and we
moved without difficulty but slowly on account of the long distance
the prisoners had to walk; rushing them would have resulted in
breaking them down.
My guards had had no sleep now for about forty hours nor rest
either, so I soon found they were asleep on their horses, and fear-
ing the enemy might discover it and make their escape I had to use
heroic methods to meet the emergency. So I rode around that
moving column all night punching or pinching the guards to keep
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